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Posted 01.20.10 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Christine Macy: Dams Across America



Pickwick Landing Lock and Dam, Tennessee Valley Authority
Hardin County, Tennessee, 1934 – 1938

Pickwick was one of series of dams built by the TVA along the Tennessee River. Its stillwater lake extends 53 miles upstream and affects 23,000 acres; its construction required the relocation of over 500 families and 400 graves.

Tennessee Valley Authority photograph, ca. 1953.

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

Dams Across America
A gallery of images showing the construction of some great U.S. hydroelectric dams of the 1930s and '40s, including Hoover and Grand Coulee — something to contemplate as the current administration struggles to stimulate the economy and smarten the power grid.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Macy is dean of architecture and planning at Dalhousie University.
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